Friday

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From Old English frīġedæġ. Compound of frīġe and dæġ “day”, corresponding to late Proto-Germanic *Frijjōz dagaz(day of Frigg). Compare West Frisian freed, Low German Freedag, Dutch vrijdag, German Freitag, Danish fredag. Old Norse Frigg (genitive Friggjar), Old Saxon Fri, and Old English Frig are derived from Common Germanic *Frijjō.[5] Frigg is cognate with Sanskrit prīyā́ which means “wife”.[5] The root also appears in Old Saxon fri which means “beloved lady”; in Swedish fria, in Danish and Norwegian as fri (“to propose for marriage”); a related meaning exists in Icelandic as frjá which means “to love” and similarly in Dutch vrijen meaning “to make love (to have sex)”.

A calque of Latin dies Veneris, via an association (interpretātiō germānica) of the goddess Frigg with the Roman goddess of love Venus.

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Friday ‎(plural Fridays)

  1. The sixth day of the week in many religious traditions, and the fifth day of the week in systems using the ISO 8601 norm; the Islamic Sabbath; it follows Thursday and precedes Saturday.

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Friday ‎(not comparable)

  1. (US, Canada) on Friday

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